Mount Meron Nature Reserve, Meron

Mount Meron is a mountain in Israel. It has special significance in Jewish religious tradition and parts of it have been declared a nature reserve.
At 1208m above sea level, Mount Meron is the highest peak in Israel within the Green Line, though many peaks in the Israeli-occupied area of the Golan Heights and Mount Hermon, which was annexed and removed from military jurisdiction in 1981, are higher.
In 1965, an 84000-dunam nature reserve was declared. An additional 1199 dunams were declared part of the reserve in 2005. It is the highest reserve in Israel, at an altitude of 1208 meters above sea level, and the largest reserve in the north of the country.
The village of Meron and the tomb of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai are on Mount Meron. Leading up to the anniversary of his death on Lag B'Omer, thousands of people camp out along the slopes near the tomb, and on Lag B'Omer itself, hundreds of thousands make pilgrimages to celebrate the occasion.
The mountain has a strong undergrowth and it cannot be walked up from every direction. The main path starts at the northwest side of the Meron village. There is a gate next to the road, with a color-marked path of about 10 km. There is also a path on the west side of the mountain.
Mt Meron has a Mediterranean climate with hot and dry summers and damp and cool winters. It snows briefly on Mt Meron a few times during every winter. There are 22 days a year with a temperature of 32 °C or higher and 28 days below freezing. Note: the chart is an average of 5 years so the record highs and lows may not be fully accurate.
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  • We had a wonderful time on Shvil HaPisga (Peak Trail). The trail took us through a shady forest with beautiful views of the region. Easy hike, not strenous. We were there for about an hour and a...  more »
  • Walked the summit trail (1.5 km) with 4 children, easy hike and nice views. There was snow along the trail so it was fun to play, but if not for the snow I would choose a more "interesting" hike in...  more »
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  • The most fascinating place,it's the largest green & reserved area..
  • The second highest Mountain in israel after Hermon. One can have a great panorama view (see photos). nice green large variety of vegetation. Just take enough water for the way climbing up.
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